Back in 2010, Honda tuner Mugen launched a limited-edition version of the Honda Civic Type R in the U.K., offering 240 hp. Of the 20 cars built, four remain unsold — so Mugen is considering upfitting those remaining examples with an upgraded 2.2-liter engine good for 256 hp.
With the past Mugen-fettled Civic Type R, the tuning company gifted the car’s 2.0-liter inline-four engine with new camshafts, pistons, and a remapped engine computer, resulting in an increase from factory ratings of 198 hp and 142 lb-ft of torque, to 240 hp and 153 lb-ft. In addition to the engine upgrades, Mugen fitted stickier tires, better brakes, stiffer springs and dampers, and sporty Recaro seats.Only 16 of the 20 Mugen cars built have been sold — which is a big surprise given how alluring the package sounds.
Now Mugenis considering outfitting those four remaining cars with a new version of the engine, which has been stroked to displace 2.2 liters and now produces about 256 hp. In addition to helping draw buyers for the unsold cars, the new engine allegedly pays homage to the Civic Type R’s erstwhile K20 2.0-liter engine. Mugen has modified over 400 copies of the K20 engine for use in road racing, rally, and street cars, but the K20 is no longer in production in Japan.
“We may never see the like of the K20 in a mainstream production car again, so felt it only fitting we mark the occasion with this special 2.2 version of the Honda Civic Type R,” said Mugen Europe vice president Hiro Toyoda.
So far, Mugen has yet to make a firm decision on whether it will actually turn the aforementioned Type R quartet into 2.2-liter hot hatches. The company may also offer an upgrade pack whereby owners of the prior Mugen Type R can have their cars upgraded to the 2.2-liter engine. If you live in the U.K., we’d recommend saving your pennies now to buy one of the upgraded cars.